A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Synonym for “Blind Spot”

I'm looking for a term or an idiom to point to the weakness of something, specifically a computer program. Something similar to "Achilles Heel" but not that! I just found blind spot : "an area in ...
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What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
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What can be the full synonym for “fitness enthusiast”? [duplicate]

What could be a single word to "fitness enthusiast" ?
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Is there a word to describe a person who is always curious?

Is there a word or phrase for describing a person who is always curious? Curiosiac? Example usage (as requested by a comment): The boy is such a ___, he asks questions all the time! UPDATE I ...
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Is there a term describing a fish's mouth action as it breathes? [duplicate]

I would wager there must be a term of art describing what a fish does as it breathes, normally, underwater. Any thoughts?
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Is there a modern book comparable to Crabb's English Synonymes?

EDIT: I am looking for a book to make a study of modern synonyms. @WS2 recommended what appears to be a book of exceptional quality, but it has great depth in a few topic areas rather than a breadth ...
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Is there a one-word synonym for “someone else's”? [closed]

Is there an adjective that means "something that you don't own"? I mean an adjective that's an antonym of "own." Example usages: "Please do not take xxxxx things." to mean "Please do not take things ...
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Any synonyms for “requiredness”?

I need to reduce "Is it required?" to a single word for an input label in a web form and also for a column name in the database. Any suggestions what to name the field? Enter field name |...
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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Synonym for personality in context of non-living things

Something living has a personality or persona of its own. Similarly, is there a word that can be used in the case of describing a non-living thing, say, a portrait?
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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What is it called when you coin a different version of a word that already exists?

I was in a college class the other day and someone was struggling to think of the word "invalidate". Much to my amusement, they landed on "devalidify" instead. Is there a word or phrase for such a ...
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Can “unbiased” be called as one of the synonyms of “apathy”?

Consider the sentence: "He is apathetic of whoever wins the elections", can't we say that he is not biased towards any of the election parties?
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What is a less strong word for “proof”?

I often make mathematical claims in some of my class. However, at this point, I recognize that anytime I attempt to "prove" something, more often than not there may be a flaw in my proof. This puts ...
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Words/phrases to describe the exhaust/lack of something?

Is there any other way of saying the following sentence, specifically the area of text marked in bold without altering its original meaning? I've spent my last dollars buying useless medicine...
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One word for learn by doing

I would like to know what is a one word for "learning by doing",other than hands-on,learning practically.
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What can be a single word for a “valuable learning experience”.?

I am looking for a word or two that elegantly expresses the idea that the projects I did were a valuable learning experience. Here's the sentence: While I was doing my bachelor's I was a part of some ....
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How do I say that I am interested in a lot of things without coming off either as superficial or arrogant

For example: I like Math but also love History and am pretty good at sports. This is for my Statement of Purpose.
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Simpler synonym for “holistic approach” [closed]

Is there any simpler or better equivalent of "holistic approach" you can recommend to use instead? Please let me know.
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Looking for a phrase to replace “it is noteworthy”

I am looking for a phrase to interchangeably use with "it is noteworthy that" or "it is critical to note that". The phrase will be used in a math paper to grab the attention of readers at specific ...
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What is the female version of “forefather”?

I might say "My forefathers were Irish". Is there an equivalent for mothers? Could a woman say "My foremothers were German"?
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Guideline(s) vs rule(s)

Is "guideline" actually a synonym for "rule"? My understanding was that a guideline is a suggestion, but I could certainly be mistaken. Sources like: thesaurus.com suggest that it is, but some ...
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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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What is the one word for different form of same thing?

I am making a report over different database languages. I am curious to know if there is one word for representing different forms/variants of the same ting ? Is "dialect" okay ? say "SQL dialects" ...
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What was “Herbal Tea” called before ‘tea’ was introduced in Europe?

I recently got in a discussion with a colleague, about herbal tea not being a correct term, as it contains no tea. Instead, one ought to use the term herbal infusions. Tea (dried leaves from the tea ...
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Synonyms for “walking on thin ice”

It's tough to find synonyms for whole phrases as opposed to single words. I'm trying to think of at least a couple for "walking on thin ice." So far the only one I've come up with is "playing a ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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What should I call classwork at the start of a period?

So as far as I can remember, whenever a teacher gives you work at the beginning of a class period, they are called "Drills" or "Warm-ups"; however, friends that I have talked to from other schools ...
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Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?

Many of my colleagues use the word realize in the sense of implement (as in "software realization" or "I didn't realize this function") It looks like these are false friends in both French and German. ...
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Do the words 'tied' and 'tight' have a common origin?

I was reading a book in supposed 'Ye Olde English' and came across the sentence 'Perhaps she has him so tied he cannot get loose'. This made me wonder if 'tied' and 'tight' have the same origin, in ...
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A word to convey “online-ness”

To give some context, in the algorithm design world there are two kinds of algorithms, online ones (which can work with partial amounts of data as it becomes available), and offline ones (which need ...
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Dusk vs. Twilight

I'm really confused about the correct usage of dusk and twilight. Can we use them to describe the time before night falls or day breaks?
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A weaker form of “ironic”

Is there a word or phrase to express something that may or may not be ironic, but is certainly humorous beyond just coincidental? I'm thinking along the lines of a weaker form of irony. My goal is to ...
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Is there a difference between “on condition that” and “provided that”?

Do the terms "provided that" and "on condition that" mean the same? Or is there any difference in usage? The means will be available provided that the state will allocate its part of financing vs. ...
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What to say instead of “Ladies and Gentlemen”? [duplicate]

What do I say instead of Ladies and Gentlemen if there are many men and only one woman present? Should I say: Lady and Gentlemen Gentlemen and Lady Madam and Gentlemen or something else?
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What is the synonym of “pixel pusher” for programmers? [closed]

"Pixel pusher" is the ironic expression denominating graphical designers (see this article). What would be the similar expression for programmers? I would like to emphasize the user interface ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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Synonyms for the “not…but…” construction

I am looking for proper alternatives to the "not...but..." construction, which is used to refute an assumption and draw attention to a new point. Example: The park was known not for its amenities, ...
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Synonym for “Register activities”

I'm currently in the process of designing an app for the smartphone, but I'm running into a linguistic issue. In the app you're supposed to be able to keep track of what you did on a day, and see how ...
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Synonyms for “having a property”

When writing a mathematical text one often wants to express that a certain object has a certain property, i.e.: "Object A has property X." Since this formulation gets boring if used too many times, ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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Same theme pictures( or paintings) merged

Is there an english word (substantive) that refers to a type of picture or painting where there are merged lot of pieces of a same theme? So far I found 'mural' and 'collage', but not sure if they ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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Inhabitant of a hospital?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a long-term inhabitant (inhabitant is the best I've come up with so far) of a hospital. Specifically, a soldier living (retained? - again, word might fit here ...
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Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or …?

Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or ... ??? Isn't there some even handier phrase, that I can't for the life of me think of (doesn't that drive you absolutely ...
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Word for a real-time counter of something

Is there any better word than just "counter" for a tool that counts/calculates something according to some rule and displays the result in a real time? Examples of such tools: national debt clock ...
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What is the person who records the sales/winning bids in an Auction called?

In an auction there is a person doing the auction chant (auctioneer) and another person recording the results : who won and for how much. What is that second person called?
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? in 4 distinct scenarios outlined?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...